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Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students

Colleges, universities and organizations offer many academic, extracurricular and financial aid opportunities to LGBT-identified students and LGBT allies. While there are LGBTQ scholarships exclusively reserved for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students, there are LGBTQ scholarships available to questioning LGBTQI students and allies. There are many scholarships for LGBTQ allies who are dedicated to the active promotion of equal rights and opportunities. Students who participate in LGBTQ-related activities and community projects can land significant college scholarships to help pay for school. Some LGBTQ scholarships give more than just money - scholarship providers may offer leadership training and mentoring program to further advocate and promote LGBTQ rights.

In order to financially assist the LGBT community, we offer a list of scholarships for LGBTQ students and allies. Below are a few scholarships for LGBTQ activists, LGBTQ and questioning students but don't forget to conduct a thorough, free scholarship search to land as much free college scholarship money you can.

ALLIES Scholarship for Student Leadership Development

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • This scholarship was created in 2001 by ALLIES at Northern Michigan University. Applicants must be full-time students at Northern Michigan University in good academic standing and show documented leadership, support, or involvement in organizations, activities, or issues that promote awareness and acceptance of the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) community at Northern Michigan University. [...] More

American Atheists Chinn Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • American Atheists is proud to award two Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

    Eligibility:
    -High school seniors or current college students
    -Full-time graduate and law school students
    -Applicants must be [...] More

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund are for students who will be pursuing post-secondary, undergraduate education in an accredited institution or program during the coming school year and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or have a LGBT parent. Applicants must have resided for at least one year in the State of Oregon or in Clack, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum Counties in [...] More

Better Brothers LA Book Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Having tuition paid is challenge enough for any student, but not having all the right materials on the first day of class hinders many students from starting a successful educational journey. Better Brothers LA assists Black LGBTQ youth with avoiding this hindrance by offering book scholarships. The scholarships support youth who have been admitted to or are attending an accredited degree, [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to LGBT students although all students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with majors in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts who [...] More

Charlotte Pride Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Charlotte Pride Scholarship aims to improve economic mobility for LGBTQ and Straight. Applicants must be/have: A high school senior or college student from the Charlotte metro area with a GPA of 2.8 (high school) or 2.5 (college) or above on a 4.0 scale. An LGBTQ or Straight Ally student who has demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community or a desire to serve the LGBT community. A significant [...] More

Chely Wright "Like Me" Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,250
  • The Chely Wright LIKE ME Scholarship provides financial support for students pursuing a college degree who actively advocate for LGBT youth and/or to students who are severely affected by teen bullying or suicide of an LGBT youth. Through this scholarship, LGBT affected youth can apply for funding to pay for educational expenses to pursue a degree from an accredited college, university, or [...] More

eQuality Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible.

    Eligibility for high school graduates:
    -Must be a resident of [...] More

First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/10/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Four (4) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating LAUSD seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Preference will be given to students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented students and/or LGBTQ. A two to three paragraph essay must accompany the application (between 400-700 words) on the following topic: Humanism is based on the [...] More

Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG is pleased to be able to offer a scholarship to a graduating senior or a first-year student enrolled in a two or four-year college from the wider Sacramento area. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or college freshmen and identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning or intersex. They should also demonstrate an interest in service to [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/17/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in high school, undergraduate, graduate or professional school or trade or vocational school who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Applicants should have a strong history of [...] More

Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues, to promote visibility of LGBT life and to foster service and activism in the larger community. Preference is given to LGBT students. Applicants must be degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.0 GPA. For [...] More

Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,600
  • Hampton Roads Pride is awarding three $1,600 scholarships for LGBTQ students and their allies for the upcoming fall semester. Students must submit a 1,000-word essay, along with their transcripts.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $40,000
  • Iowa's Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program is divided into two separate categories: Silver Scholarships and Gold Scholarships. Iowa's Silver Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to $9,000 over four years. The initial scholarship of $500 per semester may be used for tuition, books or fees and any college or university in the US. Iowa's Gold Matthew Shepard Scholarship is an award of up to [...] More

Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2017
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Lax Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain an additional education; aspiring to positions in which they contribute to society; being out about their sexual orientation, and acting as role models for other gay men with similar potential. Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts $5,000 [...] More

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Since 1996, the LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation has awarded scholarships to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) graduating U.S. high school seniors based on the following achievements: a 3.0 GPA; significant involvement in community service; and acceptance to an accredited U.S. college or university. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund was established to cover up to two years of schooling for immigrants here in New York City who identify as LGBTQI. Students must be able to prove full-time enrollment in a New York City nonprofit college or university; the annual tuition must not exceed $12,500. Applicants must have successfully completed at least one academic year or is at least a rising [...] More

Live Out Loud Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Live Out Loud Educational Scholarship was created to provide financial support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are pursuing a college degree. Students must be graduating high school seniors from the Tri-State area including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Awards are based on leadership, community service/involvement, academic achievement, personal [...] More

New York Ramblers Scholarship for Student Athletes

  • Application Deadline: 7/12/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The New York Ramblers Scholarship for student athletes was create to support student-athletes who self-identify as either lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI), or are demonstrated and committed allies. Awardees will receive a one-time scholarship, paid directly to their college, to cover tuition and fees. Up to two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded in the summer [...] More

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a research award in recognition of a Master's Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/3/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community. One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Out To Protect Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2017
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Out To Protect offers a law enforcement scholarship for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or straight ally and who are pursuing a career in law enforcement by putting themselves through a basic training program. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a basic law enforcement training program in the United States (sponsored or self-sponsored) and demonstrate being [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric Company PrideNetwork ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • The PrideNetwork Employee Resource Group's scholarship program will award $6,000 in scholarships to at least five (5) students. The scholarships are open to high school or community college graduates.

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Perceptions of Saginaw Valley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Perceptions organization was formed in 2002 to provide educational programs, networking opportunities and services for the well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families, allies, and their community-at-large. The scholarship will be awarded to a Michigan resident who has demonstrated a passion for promoting mutual respect and acceptance across borders of [...] More

PFund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • PFund is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving. Applicants must identify as LGBT or allied student and be legal residents of Minnesota or must be attending a qualifying Minnesota academic institution. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

Point Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2018
  • Amount: $13,600
  • A Point Scholarship covers tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses, and is set up with the individual college to meet the needs of the Point Scholar. Applicants must have a proven track record of leadership and community involvement, strong academic achievement and be working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community. Students must be enrolled full-time in an [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Pride Foundation offers more than 50 different scholarships though there is only one application to complete. Scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight-ally (straight and supportive of LGBT issues) students as well as students from LGBT families. Students must either be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington (but may study [...] More

PrideGLV Rainbow Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The Rainbow Scholarship seeks to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI), college-bound teens with school expenses while increasing the positive visibility of queer youth and promoting awareness and acceptance in the community at large.There are three awards, ranging from $200 to $500; they are the LGBT Student of the Year Award, the Rainbow Award, and the Diversity Essay [...] More

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The purpose of the high school seniors English essay contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth. The theme of the competition is pink ink: "We write not only about different things; we also write differently" Brecht. The contest is open only to students aged 18 and under who have not yet graduated from high school. You must affirm that you are not a high school [...] More

SOULE Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The SOULE Scholarship was created to provide financial support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are pursuing a college degree.

    Eligibility:
    -This award is open to graduating high school seniors who identify as LGBTQ
    -Applicants must be from the Tri-State area (New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey)
    -Award criteria based on the demonstration of past [...] More

The 49 Fund Educational Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/10/2018
  • Amount: $4,900
  • The 49 Fund Educational Scholarship is an endowed scholarship fund that will be administered by The Central Florida Foundation (CFF). This unique scholarship will be offered specifically to LGBT students in Central Florida. Applicants must be attending a four-year college and must be from, or have attended high school in, Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, or Brevard Counties in the State [...] More

The David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • A scholarship available to any lesbian or gay undergrad student from the state of Alabama. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The essay should be no more than five pages and discuss the applicant's background, educational history, goals for the future and why the applicant believes he or she should receive the scholarship. For more [...] More

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship is available to any gay or lesbian undergraduate student who is a resident of West Virginia. The essay should be no more than five (5) pages and discuss the applicant's background, educational history, goals for the future and why the applicant believes he or she should receive the scholarship. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

The Pride Scholarship at Michigan State University

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The award is given to an MSU undergraduate student selected through a competitive application process. Candidates should demonstrate academic achievement and involvement with, or contributions to, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Preference is given to incoming, first year (or transfer) students, although all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

    Your personal [...] More

The Tang Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • Amount: $15,000
  • This scholarship is to help LGBT youth (ages 17-25) proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. Students who self-identify as Asian/Pacific Islander and gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender; (at least 25 percent API ancestry); and who are involved in the GLBT community are eligible to apply. Students must graduate from a high school in one of the nine (9) Bay Area counties: [...] More

The Walter M. Decker Point Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • To honor his legacy of academic and philanthropic excellence, Point Foundation has created the Walter M. Decker Scholarship to support one or more outstanding students annually. Applicants must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university in the U.S., and are at least in their senior year in high school. Students must also be "out" as a person who identifies as a [...] More

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/18/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker, this fund encourages and supports LGBTQ women in their quest for higher education. The TDRS awards scholarships to students in two categories: 1) graduating high school seniors who plan on attending an accredited college or university; and, 2) already matriculated students in any year of study, including graduate school. Multiple scholarships between [...] More

Wozumi Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/11/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Pride Foundation's scholarship program is committed to supporting LGBTQ and allied students that:

    -Show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within their field of study
    -Lack a broader LGBTQ community support system
    -Face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are financially, racially, socially, geographically, or politically [...] More

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